Flight Formation Quilt

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog, Quilts, Tutorials | 2 Comments

Quilt Number 2!
When I first received yardage of BIRDS & THE BEES, the Bluejay colour story quickly inspired this quilt.

flight formation quilt - tamara kate

While I almost always have ideas of what I would like to sew while I am designing fabric, it usually takes having the finished yardage in hand for me to really be able to envision how I would like to use it. For this quilt, it was the intensity of the indigo alongside the jewel tones and soft white grounds that dictated direction. I simply wanted to play with colour in a dramatic way. I incorporated squares of Cotton Couture solids, some complementary, some contrasting, to break up all the pattern a bit and arranged everything in a strong “V” down the centre for impact. Even the simple quilting lines follow the “V” throughout, as does one’s eye, that then darts around catching little glimpses of a butterfly or flower here, a bird’s head or feather there…

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For the binding I chose Baby the Stars Shine Bright in Navy which frames the quilt well, with little bright stars adding a happy, confetti-like feel.

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There is a free downloadable tutorial on the Michael Miller website for this quilt, should you desire to whip one up yourself. Enjoy!

Flight Medallion Quilt

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog, Quilts, Tutorials | No Comments

Something I’ve been meaning to share here are two quilts I recently made with Birds & the Bees fabric. Today, number one… FLIGHT MEDALLION

Playing with the Ladybug colour story of BIRDS & THE BEES, I created a simple medallion quilt made of squares and half-square triangles that lets the birds of Feathered Flock take centre stage.

flight medallion quilt - tamara kate

I didn’t want fabric choices to be perfectly symmetrically placed around the quilt, so it was fun playing with the different values of the coral and teal fabrics to create an effective arrangement. Likewise, the pops of charcoal, green and apricot help keep the quilt dynamic.

flight medallion quilt detail - tamara kate

A big step for me in my quilting efforts was to finally try a bit of free-motion quilting (most apparent on the dark teal fabric with the stars, Baby The Stars Shine Bright). It went surprisingly well, though of course, most of the praise must go to the fabulous Janome machine I sew on for making it go as smoothly as it did.

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At 48″ square, this is a fun wall quilt that will brighten a spot in our home, keeping things light, young and happy.
If you are interested in making one for yourself, I have created a free downloadable tutorial for this project on the Michael Miller website. It’s a fast and fun sew, as all the pieces are quite large. Enjoy!

EmmyLouBeeDoo Creates with Birds & the Bees

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | One Comment

As a final stop on the BIRDS & THE BEES blog-hop, today is all about pretty and feminine.

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Sarah of EmmyLouBeeDoo is a talented sewing pattern designer (remember when I used one of her sweet patterns to make this Origami Oasis tunic?). Today, though she is highlighting her creative sewing skills over on her blog, where she has created a Blue ridge dress for her daughter, using fabrics from Birds & the Bees (her daughter, by the way, picked these fabrics from the collection & I think she did a great job!).

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I really love the gentle sloping line to the empire waist on this dress, and the bias tape finishes it off beautifully.

emmyloubeedoo dress detail

Pop on over to Sarah’s blog to see more details and pictures of this little cutie in her new dress.

Thanks for rounding out the Birds & the Bees blog-hop in such a pretty fashion, Sarah!

Thread Riding Hood Sews Birds & the Bees Skirts

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | 4 Comments

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Sherri of Thread Riding Hood has made not one, not two or three, but FOUR cute fat-quarter-friendly skirts with Birds & the Bees. And what’s more, she has written a tutorial for how to attach shorts to the inside (for all our cartwheeling hand-stand performing girls).

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Mix & match your favourite prints & enjoy the Summer! Hop on over here for all the details.

Thread riding hood Add-Shorts-Tutorial

Really adorable, Sherri! Thanks so much for your fun & generous contribution to the Birds & the Bees blog-hop!

Stitched Together Sews Birds & the Bees

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | One Comment

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Rachel of Stitched Together whipped up a sweet pair of City Gym Shorts for her daughter, Iris using Love Bug from Birds & the Bees. A little Cotton Couture in Charcoal for the bias trim finishes them off perfectly.

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The ladybugs are the hidden surprise in this fabric.

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Hop on over here for a closer look. I so love these, I think I’m going to go sew a pair for Em this afternoon. Thanks for the cute inspiration, Rachel!

Welcome to the Mouse House Plays With Birds & the Bees

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | 2 Comments

Yet another fun dress made with Birds & the Bees Fabrics today.

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Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House has gone modern, colour blocking with the Ishi Dress from Straight-Grain. And her daughter, Ainsley seems to love it!

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Head on over to her blog for loads of great puddle-jumping pictures.

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Thanks for this fun contribution, Hayley. I really love it!

Patty Sloniger pieces Birds & the Bees

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | 2 Comments

My friend and fellow Michael Miller fabric designer, Patty Sloniger has created the sweetest Geranium dress for her daughter using Birds & The Bees fabric, don’t you agree?

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Lovely, precisely pieced chevron work on the bodice brings another dimension to this dress, making it totally original and she just happened to use my very favourite print of the collection, All the Wee Beasts, for the skirt.

patty sloniger - birds & the bees dress

Have a closer look at the details and more pictures of gorgeous Emma on Patty’s blog.

Thanks for your creative contribution, Patty. You’ve inspired me to go play with fabric this morning.

Elegance & Elephants does Birds & the Bees

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | No Comments

Heidi of Elegance & Elephants is a favourite indie children’s clothing designer of mine. She makes the sweetest clothes and her adorable kids model them for her blog.

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Today she is sharing her latest creations, made with a few other designers’ patterns and BIRDS & THE BEES fabric.

Swing by her blog for lots of gorgeous pictures of these 2 cuties modelling their new duds.

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Thanks so much Heidi. Beautiful work!

A Birds & The Bees Fabric Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | 4 Comments

To help kick off the release of Birds & The Bees to stores, today I am guest blogging over at Michael Miller Fabrics.

I walk you through my thought process in the designing of Birds & The Bees,


I share some sewing project inspiration

birds & the bees dress

including two new free quilt patterns,

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and announce a fabric giveaway amounting to about 15 yards of fabric in total! Yep, FIFTEEN!!!



So come take a look and try your luck. Two somebodies have to win… wouldn’t it be great if you were one!


Birds & The Bees

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog | 6 Comments

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Just in time for warm weather & warm weather apparel comes BIRDS & THE BEES, my latest fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics!

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Photo: Michael Miller Fabrics

Birds & The Bees is a little exploration into my love for winged creatures (they tend to make an appearance in the grand majority of my design work).

Where many see pesky bugs, I see pure magic. From large ostentatious birds perpetually seeking the spotlight, to the tiniest, delicately patterned bugs fluttering around a flower garden, I am constantly amazed by them all. The heights to which they can soar, their occasional, seemingly unplanned, comical flight paths, the patterning on their plumage… They are the thing of dreams.

There is a coral, teal & charcoal colour story, called Ladybug

ladybug group

And a berry, lilac and indigo story called Bluejay

bluejay group

Bolts and bolts of pretty colour, fanciful creatures and fun patterns, all on a lovely quilting-weight cotton.

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Photo: Michael Miller Fabrics

Here is a closer look at a few patterns:

DC6829_Navy - Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Baby The Stars Shine Bright

DC6826_Berry - Toutes Les Plumes
Toutes Les Plumes

DC6827_Magenta - Eye Candy
Eye Candy

DC6831 Loop-Di-Loop_Lavender

DC6828_Leaf - Honey Honey
Honey Honey

DC6825_Navy - Love Bug
Love Bug

I hope you will find some magic of your own in creating a little something special with these fabrics for some young person in your life, or for someone young at heart… Perhaps even for yourself (I know you are a young-at-heart group. I just know it)!

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Photo: Michael Miller Fabrics

Some talented sewers and I will have a slew of projects to share as inspiration over the coming weeks, so stay tuned here and I will point you in the right direction.
Here’s a little tease to get the juices flowing:

feathered flock sunsuit
Feather Flock Infant Sunsuit based on this tutorial